Sunday at PulpFest

Jul 29, 2018 by

PulpFest 2018 is drawing to a close, but there is still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open from 9 AM until 2 PM today. With most of our dealers getting ready to head for home, our admission for the day is only $10, which includes a copy of our highly collectible program book, THE PULPSTER. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. There are no programming events scheduled for Sunday.

Located in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games. Although our dealers’ room will be open, buying opportunities may be limited as most of our dealers will be packing up their displays, preparing for their trip home.

If you have not been able to attend PulpFest in 2018, start making your plans right now to join the 48th anniversary of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” in 2019. Your PulpFest organizing committee is already starting to plan for next year’s convention. We’re also hoping to be joined by our FarmerCon friends following their great celebration of 100 years of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. As always, expect a terrific dealers’ room and superb programming.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2019, bookmark http://www.pulpfest.com/ and visit often. News about the convention can also be found on the PulpFest Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. And for those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of our plans.

Many thanks to all of you who attended this year’s convention. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2019. Please bring your friends!

Your PulpFest Organizing Committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, & Chuck Welch

(This year, in addition to celebrating the century mark of Philip José Farmer, PulpFest 2018 has also honored the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War. Our focus has been the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century, and the depiction of war in popular culture.

At the start of the twentieth century, reading was a primary form of entertainment in the United States. Cheaply made magazines printed on wood pulp paper and costing a quarter or less were affordable to most. These “pulps” featured a variety of stories: westerns, romances, mysteries, science fiction, and more. Tales of war were largely relegated to the historical past and colonial Britain or France. Except for a single writer — Leonard Nason — stories about the First World War were very limited during the teens and early twenties.

As the century progressed, pulps began to specialize. There were magazines devoted to fantasy, detectives, love, sports, and other genres. In 1926, Dell Publishing introduced WAR STORIES, the first magazine devoted to tales of war. It was followed by many others: BATTLE STORIES — such as the January 1932 number with cover art by Gertrude C. Orde — WINGS, OVER THE TOP, DARE-DEVIL ACES, SKY FIGHTERS, and dozens more. Most had disappeared by 1940.

After World War II, the demand for pulp magazines waned as paperback books took hold. In the fifties, television became the favored form of escapism and the surviving pulps ceased publication. Fiction magazines continued to be published, but in new formats. The science-fiction and mystery digests and men’s “adventure” magazines are considered descendants of the pulps.

Start making your plans right now to join PulpFest 2019 when you can expect more great programming from your PulpFest team and more great collectibles in our tremendous dealers’ room. We look forward to seeing you.)

Saturday at PulpFest 2018

Jul 28, 2018 by

There’s still time to get in on the action. The PulpFest dealers’ room will be open today from 10 AM until 4:45 PM. Located in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games. That’s why PulpFest is known as the “pop culture center of the universe!”

Single day memberships will be available for $20 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. The general public is welcome to attend. There is ample free parking surrounding our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

You will be able to register for the convention at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or through the link found on our registration page. Paper forms will also be available at the door.

If you’re a member of Confluence — Pittsburgh’s long-running science fiction, fantasy and horror conference — and you’d like to attend PulpFest, just show your Confluence badge at our registration desk and you’ll get $10 off the price of our daily admission. PulpFest members who visit Confluence will receive the same discount. The two conventions are taking place over the same weekend!

Our afternoon programming will begin at 12:30 PM with our Farmer Jam. All members of FarmerCon 100 and PulpFest 2018 are welcome to read from their favorite Philip José Farmer work or reminisce about the author and his work. Afterward, our New Fictioneers readings will continue. There will be five authors reading from their works and fielding questions and comments until 4:30 PM.

The gallery showing of original art by acclaimed comic book artist, book illustrator, and graphic designer Mark Wheatley will open at 1 PM, as will the FarmerCon 100 showing of Memories of Phil, a video tribute to the late author.

From 5 to 6:30 PM, join your friends — old and new — at ember & vine in the heart of the DoubleTree Cranberry for our popular Saturday Night Dinner. It’s an opportunity to socialize after a hearty day of collecting in the PulpFest dealers’ room, prior to taking in the convention’s exceptional evening programming.

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2018 business meeting, starting at 7 PM. Please try to attend as we will be discussing the future of PulpFestThe meeting will be followed by the 2018 Munsey Award presentation. David Saunders — winner of a special “retro” Lamont Award in 2016 — will reveal the name of this year’s recipient. The Munsey is a fine art print created by David  and published by Dan Zimmer of The Illustrated Press.

Following the Munsey presentation, our Guest of Honor — award-winning author Joe R. Lansdale — will be interviewed by former journalist Tony Davis, a reader and collector of the work of our honored guest since the 1980s. Tony has been a pulp fan for even longer, starting with science fiction bedsheets as a teenager. Presentations on the art of the war pulps and Philip José Farmer’s World War I writings round out the evening’s programming. Afterward, PulpFest will host the second of two, large estate auctions.

Click here for a look at the preliminary catalog for our Saturday Night Auction.

All members of PulpFest 2018 can submit items to our auctions. If you’d like to submit something, you’ll find instructions in your registration packet. Your lots must be submitted by 1 PM on the day of the auction. If you have questions concerning the PulpFest auctions, please talk to programming and marketing director Mike Chomko at his dealer tables.

You can find additional details about all of our programming by clicking the button found at the top of our home page. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Watch for the “panels” banner to find our programming area at the convention.

PulpFest members are also welcome to socialize together in our hospitality suite at the DoubleTree. Saturday’s sponsor of our con suite is AbeBooks.com, the online marketplace for books. So the snacks and suds will be on them. You’ll have to bring the pulps and a good sense of humor. AbeBooks is not only passionate about books, but also has a “passion for pulps!” Be sure to watch for their banners at the PulpFest 2018 entrance and outside our convention suite.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.

The DoubleTree is very conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways in Cranberry Township. It’s just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate-79. The address is 910 Sheraton Drive, MarsPennsylvania. We have a map on our home page or click here for a link to a large map of the area.

PulpFest 2018 will continue tomorrow. Our dealers’ room will be open to all members from 9 AM to 2 PM as our exhibitors pack up. If you are coming just for the day, please be aware that buying and selling opportunities may be limited. Admission to the convention for Sunday, July 29, will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.

Please join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” — for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” You’ll have a FANTASTIC time!

(This year, PulpFest will honor the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture.

One of the most popular and widely known authors to emerge from the pulps was Edgar Rice Burroughs. When World War I broke out in 1914, Burroughs was 39 years old. Burroughs shared his feelings and thoughts about The Great War in such works as “Tarzan and the Valley of Luna.” It was originally serialized in the March 20 through April 17 issues of Munsey’s ALL-STORY WEEKLY. The initial segment of the story featured front cover art by P. J. Monahan.

We hope to see you at the DoubleTree for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con! Our complete schedule for Saturday, July 28, is below. If you’d like to access our schedule via your mobile phone or tablet, go to http://www.pulpfest.com/schedule/.)

 

PULPFEST 2018 SCHEDULE

Saturday, July 28

Dealers’ Room

10:00 AM – 4:45 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All

Afternoon Programming

1:00 – 4:00 PM — Mark Wheatley Presents The Art of  SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN

1:00 – 4:00 PM — FarmerCon 100: Memories of Phil (shown on the hour)

Readings

12:30 – 1:45 PM — FarmerCon 100Farmer Jam (all members of FarmerCon 100 and PulpFest 2018 are welcome to read from their favorite Philip José Farmer work or reminisce about the author and his work)

1:55 – 2:50 PM — Flinch Books Fest (featuring New Fictioneers John Bruening & Jim Beard)

2:55 – 3:50 PM — FarmerCon 100Reading Duet (featuring New Fictioneers Win Scott Eckert & Frank Schildiner)

3:55 – 4:30 PM  — THE BLACK SPECTRE (a reading by Roger Alford)

Auction Preview

3:30 – 4:30 PM — Saturday Night Auction Preview

Evening Programming

5:00 – 6:45 PM — PulpFest Saturday Night Dinner

7:00 – 7:20 PM — PulpFest Annual Business Meeting (meet the convention organizers)

7:20 – 7:30 PM — Munsey Award Presentation (presented by David Saunders)

7:35 – 8:20 PM — Our Guest of Honor — Joe R. Lansdale (interviewed by Tony Davis)

8:25 – 9:05 PM — Life and Death on the Front Lines: The Art of the War Pulps (David Saunders)

9:10 – 9:50 PM — FarmerCon 100: The Dark Heart of Loki: Philip José Farmer Revisits 1918 (Paul Spiteri with Christopher Paul Carey & Win Scott Eckert)

9:50 – 10:05 PM — Last Minute Auction Viewing

10:05 – 12:00 AM — Saturday Night Auction

Friday at PulpFest 2018

Jul 27, 2018 by

PulpFest 2018 enters it second day, following a successful dealer set-up, early registration, early-bird shopping, and a full slate of programming. If you missed our first day, there’s still more to come.

From 9 to 10 AM today, the dealers’ room will be open only to dealers for set-up. All visitors will also be able to register for the convention this morning — beginning at 9 PM — and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. A full-weekend advance membership to PulpFest will cost you $35 — if staying at our host hotel — and $40 if staying elsewhere. Single day memberships will be available for $20 for Friday or Saturday and $10 for Sunday. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. The general public is welcome to attend. There is ample free parking surrounding our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

All members, dealers included, can pick up their registration packets at the entrance to our dealers’ room. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or through the link found on our registration page. Paper forms will also be available at the door.

If you’re a member of Confluence — Pittsburgh’s long-running science fiction, fantasy and horror conference — and you’d like to attend PulpFest, just show your Confluence badge at our registration desk and you’ll get $10 off the price of our daily admission. PulpFest members who visit Confluence will receive the same discount. The two conventions are taking place over the same weekend!

The dealers’ room will open to all at 10 AM and will remain open until 4:45 PM. Located in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games. That’s why PulpFest is known as the “pop culture center of the universe!”

Our afternoon programming will start at 12:30 PM with our New Fictioneers readings. There will be five authors reading from their works and fielding questions and comments throughout the afternoon. The gallery showing of original art by acclaimed comic book artist, book illustrator, and graphic designer Mark Wheatley will open at 1 PM, as will the FarmerCon 100 showing of Memories of Phil, a video tribute to the late author.

The convention’s evening programming will begin shortly before 7 PM as PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers officially welcomes all our attendees. Afterward, our FarmerCon 100 panelists will discuss 100 Years of Philip José Farmer: His Influence and Legacy. Presentations on men’s adventure magazines, the air war pulps, and artist John Fleming Gould round out the evening’s programming. Afterward, PulpFest will host the first of two, large estate auctions.

Click here for a look at the preliminary catalog for our Friday Night Auction.

All members of PulpFest 2018 can submit items to our auctions. If you’d like to submit something, you’ll find instructions in your registration packet. Your lots must be submitted by 1 PM on the day of the auction. If you have questions concerning the PulpFest auctions, please talk to programming and marketing director Mike Chomko at his dealer tables.

You can find additional details about all of our programming by clicking the button found at the top of our home page. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Watch for the “panels” banner to find our programming area at the convention.

PulpFest members are also welcome to socialize together in our hospitality suite at the DoubleTree. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in pulpdom and talk about the things that you love and collect. If you’re new to the hobby, please join us in our con suite and learn more about pulps and pulp fiction and art. Friday’s sponsor of the PulpFest hospitality suite is Meteor House, a publisher of science fiction and fantasy that specializes in works set in the worlds created by Philip José Farmer.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.

The DoubleTree is very conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways in Cranberry Township. It’s just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate-79. The address is 910 Sheraton Drive, MarsPennsylvania. We have a map on our home page or click here for a link to a large map of the area.

PulpFest 2018 will continue on Saturday and Sunday. It concludes at 2 PM on Sunday, July 29. Please join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” — for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” You’ll have a FANTASTIC time!

(In addition to celebrating the century mark of Science Fiction Grand Master Philip José Farmer, PulpFest 2018 will be honoring the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War. Also called “The War to End All Wars” and “The Great War,” PulpFest will salute the 100th anniversary of the war’s end by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war — such as Norman Saunders cover art for the September 1968 issue of MAN’S ILLUSTRATED — in popular culture.

Tonight at 7:50, our three-part presentation on “The Art of War” continues with Life and Death on the Front Lines: The Men’s Adventure Magazines and the Art of War. Join Bob Deis and Wyatt Doyle — the editors and publishers of the Men’s Adventure Library series — as they explore the roots of the men’s adventure genre and its depiction of war in such magazines as BATTLE CRY, MEN IN COMBAT, REAL COMBAT STORIES, SALVO, TRUE WAR STORIES, WAR CRIMINALS, WAR STORIES, and WOMEN-IN-WAR.

We hope to see you at the DoubleTree for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con! Our complete schedule for Friday, July 27, is below. If you’d like to access our schedule via your mobile phone or tablet, go to http://www.pulpfest.com/schedule/.)

 

PULPFEST 2018 SCHEDULE

Friday, July 27

Dealers’ Room

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM — Early Registration and Dealers’ Room Set-Up

10:00 AM – 4:45 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All

Afternoon Programming

1:00 – 4:00 PM — Mark Wheatley Presents The Art of  SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN

1:00 – 4:00 PM — FarmerCon 100: Memories of Phil (shown on the hour)

Readings

12:30 – 1:05 PM — VIOLENCE IN BLOOM (a New Fictioneers reading by Gary Rabuzzi)

1:10 – 1:45 PM — ALLAN QUATERMAIN AND THE BEAST MEN (a New Fictioneers reading by Wayne Carey)

1:50 – 2:25 PM — FOGGY SUNSET (a New Fictioneers reading by Peter McGarvey)

2:30 – 3:05 PM — FarmerCon 100: An Exclusive Interview with Lord Greystoke (Chuck Loridans, Christopher Paul Carey, & Win Scott Eckert)

3:10 – 3:50 PM — SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN (a New Fictioneers reading by Christopher Paul Carey)

3:55 – 4:30 PM — LANDSCAPE OF DARKNESS (a New Fictioneers reading by Sara Light-Waller)

Auction Preview

3:30 – 4:30 PM — Friday Night Auction Preview

Evening Programming

6:55 – 7:00 PM — Welcome to PulpFest (Convention Chairman Jack Cullers)

7:00 – 7:40 PM — FarmerCon 100: 100 Years of Philip José Farmer: His Influence and Legacy (Joe Lansdale, Christopher Paul Carey, Mark Wheatley, & Mike Croteau)

7:50 – 8:20 PM — Life and Death on the Front Lines: The Men’s Adventure Magazines and the Art of War (Bob Deis & Wyatt Doyle)

8:30 – 9:10 PM — Fighting Aces of War Skies: The Pulps Take Flight (Don Hutchison with Chris Kalb, Bill Mann, & Mike Chomko)

9:10 – 9:50 PM — Special Guest Presentation: John Fleming Gould, Pulp Illustrator (Robert Gould)

9:50 – 10:05 PM — Last Minute Auction Viewing

10:05 – 12:00 AM — Friday Night Auction

PulpFest 2018 Begins Today

Jul 26, 2018 by

PulpFest 2018 will begin this afternoon at 3 PM, as our dealers begin to erect their displays for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!” All members — dealers included — will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM, at the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Everyone can pick up their registration packets at this time. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or through the link found on our registration page.

There will be free early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 5:30 to 8:30 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere. Our full evening programming slate will begin at 8:40 PM with a presentation by Sai Shankar on Leonard H. Nason — Soldier and Writer.

2018 marks the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War. Also called “The War to End All Wars” and “The Great War,” PulpFest will be honoring the 100th anniversary of the war’s end by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture.

We’ll also be celebrating the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José FarmerPulpFest and its associated convention — FarmerCon — will be saluting the acclaimed author of such works as ESCAPE FROM LOKITHE DARK HEART OF TIME, the classic Riverworld series, and more.

And don’t forget about our Guest of Honor — Joe Lansdale — the award-winning author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. The convention will also be hosting a rare gallery showing of original art by Mark Wheatley. Mark is a much acclaimed comic book artist, book illustrator, and graphic designer.

We’ll also have author readings, films, and even a Farmer Jam at this year’s PulpFest.

You can find additional details about all of our programming by clicking the button found at the top of our home page. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title. Watch for the “panels” banner to find our programming area at the convention.

When our programming is over, PulpFest members are welcome to socialize together in our hospitality suite at the DoubleTree. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in collecting and talk about the things that you love and collect. Perhaps you’ll even clear up some of the great mysteries of the pulps with your pals — both old and new — at PulpFest 2018. You sure can’t do that on your smart phone!

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available. 

The DoubleTree is very conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways in Cranberry Township. It’s just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Interstate-79. The address is 910 Sheraton Drive, MarsPennsylvania. We have a map on our home page or click here for a link to a large map of the area.

For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest 2018, Thursday evening will be an ideal time to do so. Our full weekend memberships will be available at the door, with early-bird shopping costing an additional $30 for those members not staying at the DoubleTree. Please click one of the Register buttons on our home page for further details.

From 3 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period. Access to the dealers’ room for unloading will be through the ballroom back entrance and the nearby banquet dock. Click here for a map showing the loading area of the hotel and here for a map of the DoubleTree’s Grand Ballroom.

Remember that we’ll also be offering early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 5:30 to 8:30 PM on Thursday evening, an extra three hours of selling opportunities to people who are ready to buy!

Although the focus of PulpFest is pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games are also allowed.

(EC Comics’ TWO-FISTED TALES ran for 24 issues from 1950 through 1955. Originally an adventure comic, its focus turned toward war, following the start of the Korean War. Like all of EC’s comics, it featured well-written stories and top-notch art. Wally Wood, George Evans, and Jack Davis — who drew the cover for issue #34, dated July – August 1953 — were just some of the great illustrators who worked on the book.

Popular culture scholar Michelle Nolan will explore the depiction of war in the four-color format on Thursday evening. She will discuss the many costumed and military heroes who battled fascism during World War II, the “true war” type of comics, the humor books such as DEVIL DOG DUGAN and SGT. BILKO, and how war comics exploded during the Korean War. She’ll compare and contrast DC and Marvel — the leading publishers of war comics during the 1950s, talk about the explosion of Charlton war comics in the 1960s, and dissect the artistic success of Harvey Kurtzman’s war titles for EC.

Our complete schedule for Thursday, July 26, is below. If you’d like to access our schedule via your mobile phone or tablet, go to http://www.pulpfest.com/schedule/.)

 

PULPFEST 2018 SCHEDULE

Thursday, July 26

Dealers’ Room

3:00 PM – 11:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Set-Up

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Early Registration

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM — Dealers’ Room Open for Early-Bird Shopping

Programming

8:40 – 9:10 PM — Leonard H. Nason — Soldier and Writer (Sai Shankar)

9:20 – 9:50 PM — Edgar Rice Burroughs and The Great War (Henry G. Franke, III)

10:00 – 10:40 PM — Life and Death on the Front Lines: The War Comics (Michelle Nolan)

10:45 – 11:15 PM — FarmerCon 100: World Building and Writing in the Nine Continuity (Paul Spiteri with Win Scott Eckert & Frank Schildiner)

11:25 – 12:30 AM — FarmerCon 100: MOI, TARZAN — (George McWhorter, Philip José Farmer, & Francis Lacassin)

PulpFest Primer

Jul 24, 2018 by

PulpFest 2018 will begin on Thursday, July 26, at 3 PM, as our dealers begin to set up their displays for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!” All members — dealers included — will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM, at the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. To find our registration desk, please look for the large welcome banner, sponsored by AbeBooks.com, the online marketplace for books. AbeBooks not only has a passion for books, but a “passion for pulps” as well!

To help our registration proceed smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or through the link found on our registration page.

There will be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 5:30 to 8:30 PM on Thursday. It’s free for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere. Our evening programming will begin at 8:40 PM with a presentation by Sai Shankar on Leonard H. Nason — Soldier and Writer.

2018 marks the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War. Also called “The War to End All Wars” and “The Great War.” PulpFest 2018 is honoring the 100th anniversary of the war’s end by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” and the depiction of war in popular culture.

We’ll also be celebrating the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José FarmerPulpFest and its associated convention — FarmerCon — will be saluting the acclaimed author of such works as ESCAPE FROM LOKITHE DARK HEART OF TIME, the classic Riverworld series, and more.

And don’t forget about our Guest of Honor — Joe Lansdale — the award-winning author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. The convention will also be hosting a rare gallery showing of original art by Mark Wheatley. Mark is a much acclaimed comic book artist, book illustrator, and graphic designer.

You can find additional details about all of our programming by clicking the button found at the top of our home page. If you’d prefer to access our schedule via your mobile phone or tablet, go to http://www.pulpfest.com/schedule/. We’ll have banners outside each room where our programming events are taking place.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.  Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest 2018, Thursday will be an ideal time to do so. Full weekend memberships will cost $35 for those staying at the DoubleTree and $40 for those staying elsewhere. There will be no single-day memberships available for Thursday only. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. Please visit our registration page for further details. Members will also be able to register for the convention on Friday morning, beginning at 9 PM, and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. Single day memberships will be available for $20 for Friday or Saturday and $10 for Sunday. Advance registrations are no longer available. Our Paypal page was shut down at 10 PM on Monday night.

If you’re a member of Confluence — Pittsburgh’s long-running science fiction, fantasy and horror conference — and you’d like to attend PulpFest, just show your Confluence badge at our registration desk and you’ll get $10 off the price of our daily admission. PulpFest members who visit Confluence will receive the same discount. The two conventions are taking place over the same weekend! Watch for the Confluence posters at PulpFest.

From 3 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period. Access to the dealers’ room for unloading will be through the ballroom back entrance and the nearby banquet dock. Click here for a map showing the loading area of the hotel and here for a map of the DoubleTree’s Grand Ballroom.

If you need additional help getting to the hotel and/or the loading area, please call or text Jack Cullers at 937.671.1574. If Jack is not available, please text Chuck Welch at 608.406.4774. You can also call Chuck, but text will probably be faster.

Remember that we’ll have early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 5:30 to 8:30 PM on Thursday evening, an extra three hours of selling opportunities to people who are ready to buy!

Although the focus of PulpFest is pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games are also allowed.

From 9 to 10 AM on Friday, July 27, the dealers’ room will be open only to dealers for set-up. It will open to all at 10 AM and remain open until 4:45 PM. Our afternoon programming will start at 12:30 PM with our New Fictioneers readings. There will be five authors reading from their works and fielding questions and comments during the afternoon. Times can be found on our programming schedule. A copy of the schedule will be on the back of your membership badge.

The gallery showing of original art by acclaimed comic book artist, book illustrator, and graphic designer Mark Wheatley will open at 1 PM, as will the FarmerCon 100 showing of Memories of Phil, a video tribute to the late author.

The convention’s evening programming will begin shortly before 7 PM, with PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers welcoming all attendees. Afterward, our FarmerCon 100 panelists will discuss 100 Years of Philip José Farmer: His Influence and Legacy. Presentations on men’s adventure magazines, the air war pulps, and artist John Fleming Gould round out the evening’s programming. At 10 PM, PulpFest will host the first of two, large estate auctions. The convention will also accept material for the auction from its members. You’ll find additional details below.

On Saturday, July 28, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM. Our afternoon programming will begin at 12:30 PM with our Farmer Jam. All members of FarmerCon 100 and PulpFest 2018 are welcome to read from their favorite Philip José Farmer work or reminisce about the author and his work.

Following the jam, our New Fictioneers readings will continue. There will be five authors reading from their works and fielding questions and comments until 4:30 PM.

The gallery showing of original art by acclaimed comic book artist, book illustrator, and graphic designer Mark Wheatley will open at 1 PM, as will the FarmerCon 100 showing of Memories of Phil, a video tribute to the late author.

From 5 to 6:30 PM, join your friends for our popular Saturday Night Dinner at ember & vine, in the heart of the DoubleTree Cranberry. It’s an opportunity to socialize after a hearty day of collecting in the PulpFest dealers’ room, prior to taking in the convention’s exceptional evening programming.

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2018 business meeting, starting at 7 PM. Please try to attend as we will be discussing the future of PulpFestIt will be followed by the 2018 Munsey Award presentation. After the award ceremony, our Guest of Honor — award-winning author Joe R. Lansdale — will be interviewed by former journalist Tony Davis.

Presentations on the art of the war pulps and Philip José Farmer’s World War I writings round out the evening’s programming. At 10 PM, PulpFest will host the second of two, large estate auctions. The convention will also accept material for the auction from its members.

Any member of PulpFest 2018 can submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number. We will begin taking consignments for the auction when our dealers’ room opens at 10 AM on both Friday and Saturday. The sooner you submit your consignments to our auction coordinator, Mike Chomko, the earlier it will come up for auction. Mike will be accepting material for our auction at his dealer’s tables. Watch for the auction banner and the Mike Chomko Books sign. All auction lots must be submitted by 1 PM on the day of the auction.

All lots submitted must have a minimum value of $20. All lots that do not receive a bid of $20 or more will be passed. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. No lots with a reserve price of less than $50 will be accepted. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that is unlikely to meet our minimum bid or reserve price standards, as well as our content standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold in the auction. Our auction rules are included with your registration packet.

THE PULPSTER #27On Sunday, July 29, the dealers’ room will be open to all members from 9 AM to 2 PM as our dealers pack up. If you are coming just for the day, please be aware that buying and selling opportunities may be limited. Admission to the convention for Sunday only will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.

We are hoping that this year’s con will be our biggest and best yet. We have over sixty registered dealers and have been receiving member registrations every day, many from people who have never attended PulpFest before. If you’ve been thinking about attending, but have yet to pull the trigger, please book a room without delay. You can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry is located at 910 Sheraton Drive in Mars, Pennsylvania, just outside the city of Pittsburgh. It is easy to find at the intersection of three major roadways: Interstate 79, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and State Route 19. Please click here for a map of the hotel’s location or click the map along the right side of our home page. There is ample free parking surrounding the hotel.

For those attendees who would like to ship their purchases to their homes, there is a FedEx Office Print & Ship Center about a half-mile away from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Located at 19095 Perry Highway in Mars, Pennsylvania, it is open from 8 AM to 8 PM on Saturdays and from 10 AM to 8 PM on Sundays.

If you have other questions, please refer to our FAQ page. Hopefully, we’ll have it covered for you there. If not, there is contact information  on the page for the person to ask.

The entire PulpFest 2018 organizing committee – Mike Chomko, Jack and Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch – is looking forward to seeing all of you. Have a safe trip to Pittsburgh for “Summer’s GREAT Pulp Con.”

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2018 welcome banner —  sponsored by AbeBooks.com —  features the work of artist Mel Hunter. His painting was originally used as the cover to the May 1960 number of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. Philip José Farmer’s “Open to Me, My Sister” was featured on the issue’s cover. We’ll be celebrating the centennial of Farmer’s birth at this year’s PulpFest.

Champion Mojo Storyteller Joe R. Lansdale will be the Guest of Honor at PulpFest 2018. The author of over forty novels and numerous short stories, his work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has also written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies. He has received the Edgar Award, ten Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many other awards.

PulpFest 2018 is honored to host a rare gallery showing of original art by Mark Wheatley. Held in conjunction with the convention, the event will showcase Wheatley’s extensive array of illustrations for the new Christopher Paul Carey novel, SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN. Inducted into The Overstreet Hall of Fame in July 2017, Mark Wheatley holds the Eisner, Inkpot, Mucker, Gem and Speakeasy awards and nominations for the Harvey award and the Ignatz award. He is also a longtime pulp collector. Our art show banner was designed by William Lampkin, using one of Wheatley’s illustrations for SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN.

With war raging in Europe, Hannes Bok contributed a telling cover concerning man’s inhumanity to man to the November 1941 issue of WEIRD TALES. Not long thereafter, the United States entered The Second World War. PulpFest 2018 will be marking the centennial of the armistice that ended World War I. Also called “The War to End All Wars” PulpFest will salute the 100th anniversary of The Great War’s end by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” and the depiction of war in popular culture. Bill Lampkin used Bok’s cover art for our New Fictioneers banner. It will mark the place to meet the ten writers who we’ll be featuring at this year’s PulpFest.

Rudy Nappi’s recreation of his original paperback cover art for Bradford Scott’s BADLANDS BOSS — a Walt Slade adventure, originally published in 1956 by Pyramid Books — will be one of the lots offered at our Saturday Night Auction. The auction will begin at 10:05 PM on Saturday, July 28 in the programming room at PulpFest 2018.

The cover art for THE PULPSTER #27 was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines. Every member of PulpFest — including supporting members — will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.)

Watch for the PulpFest Banners

Jul 18, 2018 by

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PulpFest 2018 will be marking its different rooms with the banners pictured above. The SHOP banner will be outside our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. You’ll also be able to register at this location. Our AUCTION banner will be located at Mike Chomko’s table. That’s where members — including dealers — can bring materials that they’d like to place in our Friday and Saturday night auctions. The PANELS banner will be outside our programming area at the DoubleTree. The CON SUITE banner will be standing at the entrance to the PulpFest hospitality suite. Find the banners and you’re there.

But that’s not all. With our special programming to celebrate the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer, we’ll be featuring three additional banners. The first will mark our special gallery showing of original art: “Mark Wheatley Presents The Art of  SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN.” There will be another during our afternoon showing of the FarmerCon 100 video presentation, “Memories of Phil.” The third banner will mark the location of our “New Fictioneers” readings. With all that’s happening this year at PulpFest 2018, we’ll be pretty much taking up all of the meeting spaces at the DoubleTree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then there’s our main banner, right by our registration desk. That’s the banner sponsored by AbeBookswelcoming you to PulpFest 2018. Our convention is very proud to that AbeBooks.com has renewed its sponsorship of our convention. Launched in 1996, AbeBooks.com is an online marketplace for books. AbeBooks has a strong focus on rare and collectible books as well as ephemera such as maps, posters, prints and photographs.

Not only is AbeBooks one of our web site sponsors — you’ll find their logo on our home page — they have also asked to sponsor this year’s convention badges, our welcome and hospitality suite banners, and the PulpFest program book. AbeBooks will also be sponsoring our con suite for a night. So the snacks and suds will be on them. You’ll have to bring the pulps and a good sense of humor.

AbeBooks is not only passionate about books, but also a company with a “passion for pulps!” Be sure to watch for their banners at the PulpFest 2018 entrance and outside our convention suite. PulpFest 2018 begins on Thursday, July 26, and runs through Sunday, July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

(All of our banners were designed by our talented advertising director Bill Lampkin.)

 

Our PulpFest 2018 Dealers

Jul 13, 2018 by

Not only is PulpFest lauded for its excellent programming, it is also known for its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, July 26, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2018? This week, we’ve been profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Landlubber CHRISTOPHER RYAN never expected to be waylaid when he cut through the alley to save some time. Shanghaied aboard a vessel bound for parts unknown, Christopher would find treasure intended for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” You’ll have to stop by his table to learn just what it was that he discovered.

A full-time proprietor of an antique toy shop by day and a mystery mavin by night, JOSEPH SAINE returns to PulpFest after a few years’ absence. Hailing from northwest Ohio, among Joe’s treasures will be a variety of pulps, Big Little Books, quality paperbacks, and over fifty radio premiums and some early character badges. A professional auctioneer, Joe is one of the leading dealers of antique toys and toy soldiers in the Midwest.

PulpFest would like to welcome BUDDY SAUNDERS and his team from LONE STAR COMICS to this year’s convention. Selling comics since 1961, Buddy and his team will be visiting Mars, Pennsylvania with cash on the barrel. They buy Golden, Silver, and Bronze Age comics as well as high-grade Modern. They’re also in the market for pulps and other collectibles, including paperbacks with cover prices of 75¢ or less. Buddy tells us that they’re especially interested in vintage paperbacks. Please visit mycomicshop.com/ to learn more about Buddy Saunders and his Lone Star Comics.

Mystery man LAURENCE SCHWINGER followed a trail of pulp chips to western Pennsylvania, only to find a collectors gathering at a hotel in Mars. What will The Dark Avenger do as he enters the pop culture center of the universe for his first PulpFest? Stop by his table and lend him a hand, as he sells for the first time at “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.”

Our 2011 Munsey Award winner, ANTHONY TOLLIN, will be selling his SANCTUM BOOKS pulp reprints – The Avenger, The Black Bat, Doc Savage, Nick Carter, The Phantom Detective, The Shadow, The Skipper, The Spider and The Whisperer – nine of the greatest pulp heroes in one of the best formats imaginable. He’ll also have his special multi-packs featuring art prints, preliminary pulp cover art by Jerome and George Rozen, original Shadow comic book art, and other special materials available.

JOAB STIEGLITZ of Virginia is an avid tabletop role-playing game player and game master of the horror, espionage, fantasy, and science fiction genres. He is the author of Cthulhu-oriented pulp adventures and writes a blog at Rantings of a Wandering Mind ~ The Writing Blog of Joab Stieglitz. Joab will be selling copies of his highly regarded UTGARDA series at this year’s PulpFest. Please be sure to welcome him.

A pulp collector for about forty years, SHEILA VANDERBEEK is from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She’ll be bringing pulp magazines from all genres for sale or trade. Of course, the more she sells, the more she’ll be able to buy from the many fine dealers who will be attending PulpFest 2018.

TODD WARREN is a pulp and comic book collector who attended Pulpfest for the first time in 2017. He liked it so much that he decided to come back this year as a dealer. An Overstreet advisor, Todd will be offering vintage pulps, paperbacks, books, a few comic books, and lots of pulp enthusiasm!  Stop by his table and say, “Hi!”

JON WEHLER is a very personable dealer and collector who offers pulps, original art, and other paper collectibles. He’ll also have lots of vintage paperbacks from many different genres at PulpFest 2018. Based in Ohio, he exhibits at many book and paper shows throughout the Midwest. He often lends a hand during the PulpFest auctions. Did we mention that he’s a nice guy?

The editor of the long-lived Doc Savage fanzine, THE BRONZE GAZETTE, PulpFest technical director CHUCK WELCH will be offering copies of the “bigger, badder, and bronzer” Doc fanzine, published by Pulplications. He’ll also have a miscellany of pulp goodies. If you enjoy the adventures of Doc Savage and his “fearless five,” be sure to check out Chuck’s Hidalgo Trading Company on the Internet.

DAVID WHITE of suburban Chicago returns to PulpFest for his second straight year. He has been collecting for about forty years and selling since 2006, mostly through ebay as DAVE’S COMIC VAULT. At PulpFest 2018, David will have science-fiction pulps as well as some hero and horror magazines. He’ll also be selling fanzines, paperbacks, digests, and pulp reprints.

Author CHET WILLIAMSON is happy to return to PulpFest with his friend, Barry Traylor, the convention’s goodwill ambassador. In addition to his own books for sale at his table, Chet will have some nice condition, bedsheet BLUE BOOKS for sale, along with some rare Hammett magazine appearances. He’ll also have a large number of near mint pulp reprint paperbacks, as well as some miscellaneous stuff.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

PulpFest 2018 begins on Thursday, July 26, and runs through Sunday, July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. We’ll be welcoming  Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels, numerous short stories, and more — as our Guest of Honor. The convention will also be hosting a rare gallery showing of original art by acclaimed writer-illustrator Mark Wheatley. Additionally, there will be author readings, a great programming line-up, two auctions featuring unique collectibles, and a dealers’ room filled with pulps, digests, men’s adventure magazines, collectible paintings and illustrations, rare first editions, vintage paperbacks, comic books, unique films and more. All this, plus you get ten dollars off the daily admission to Confluence. It’s taking place the same weekend as summer’s AMAZING pulp con! All you have to do is show your PulpFest badge at the door to Pittsburgh’s long-running science fiction, fantasy and horror conference.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

(For more than a decade, Anthony Tollin has been publishing THE SHADOW under the Sanctum Books banner. With issue #132 — featuring front cover art by George Rozen (originally created for the March 1, 1933 issue of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE) — to be released in time for PulpFest 2018, he comes that much closer to reprinting the entire run of the original pulp magazine. Its completion will be an amazing achievement, following his earlier reprinting of the entire runs of DOC SAVAGE and THE AVENGER.

Published by Howard Wright for twenty-five years, THE BRONZE GAZETTE helped to maintain interest in Doc Savage during the character’s “lean years,” when the character was, for the most part, a mere memory. After Wright’s final issue of the GAZETTE was published at the beginning of 2016, the magazine was continued by Terry Allen, Kez Wilson, and Chuck Welch, creator of the Hidalgo Trading Company and a member of the PulpFest organizing committee. Its latest issue — number 81 — features front cover art by Dan Brereton.

Beginning with its March 1942 issue, BLUE BOOK MAGAZINE devoted its monthly front cover — such as its September 1945 number, with cover art by Herbert Morton Stoops — to World War II. The final such cover was dated December 1945, depicting a returned serviceman greeted by well-wishers outside a church. In the bottom corner is a box that reads “Peace on Earth to Men of Good Will” and “Christmas 1945.” Chet Williamson will be selling some nice condition, bedsheet BLUE BOOKS at this year’s PulpFest.

PulpFest 2018 will honor the centennial of the armistice that ended another World War by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture. Click the programming button at the top of our home page to learn more.)

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Our PulpFest 2018 Dealers

Jul 11, 2018 by

Not only is PulpFest lauded for its excellent programming, it is also known for its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, July 26, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2018? For the next three days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Best known for DUNGEON CRAWL CLASSICS, AGE OF CTHULHU, and other role-playing games, GOODMAN GAMES was founded in 2001 by Joseph Goodman. Based in the San Francisco Bay area, you can meet their staff every year at Gen Con and other conventions, including PulpFest. Please welcome ALLYSON & BRETT BROOKS to this year’s PulpFest. They’ll be debuting the second issue of TALES FROM THE MAGICIAN’S SKULL, Goodman’s fantasy magazine that is dedicated to presenting all-new sword-and-sorcery fiction by the finest modern crafters in the genre. The Brooks will also be selling other books, games, and more.

A highly respected old-time radio and pop culture historian, MARTIN GRAMS also carries a large selection of classic DVDs, along with books and magazines. He’ll have copies of his many award-winning books for sale – THE SHADOW: THE HISTORY AND MYSTERY OF THE RADIO PROGRAM, INNER SANCTUM MYSTERIESTHE GREEN HORNET: A HISTORY OF RADIO, MOTION PICTURES, COMICS AND TELEVISION, THE TWILIGHT ZONE: UNLOCKING THE DOOR TO A TELEVISION CLASSIC – and much more, including his new book, BASS REEVES AND THE LONE RANGER: DEBUNKING THE MYTH.

Scouring flea markets and antique shows up and down the East Coast, RICK HALL rescues pulps for the collections of his fellows in the pulp community. Focusing primarily on pulps, Rick adds fanzines and general magazines with “good authors” to the mix. You may find just what you’ve been looking for among Rick’s “found” treasures.

SCOTT HARTSHORN is an outgoing, Florida-based collector and dealer. He will be offering a selection of ADVENTURE pulps, books by Robert E. Howard and Edgar Rice Burroughs, mystery and detective paperbacks, and science-fiction, fantasy, and pulp art. Scott is also planning to have a few collectible surprises as he returns to PulpFest as a dealer for another go-round.

JOHN HAUSER is a resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Over the years, he has brought to market two pedigree collections of comics — The Green River and The Curator collections — and has sold other fine collections on consignment. With the passing of Ron Killian of Milwaukee’s The Turning Page, John is selling Killian’s massive collection of pulps and books. John’s appearance at PulpFest 2018 will provide an opportunity for the public to buy part of Ron Killian’s terrific collection.

RICHARD MELI & EMMA SLOAN will be representing HEARTWOOD BOOKS & ART at this year’s PulpFest. Richard is a member of the ABAA with more than twenty-five years experience in buying and selling vintage pulps, first editions, magazines, paperbacks, and other collectibles. Heartwood has more than 100,000 items available for sale, including the Robert Weinberg collection of rare pulps, digests, paperbacks and related ephemera, the Napa Valley collection of men’s adventure magazines, the Barry Levin collection, world-class Edgar Rice Burroughs material, and one-of-a-kind WEIRD TALES, Clark Ashton-Smith, and H. P. Lovecraft gems.

PAUL HERMAN is a Connecticut dealer and collector who exhibits at many pulp and paperback conventions. He offers a wide variety of material including pulps, paperbacks, and vintage digests. He is very strong in the mystery and detective fields, turning up many scarce items. Be sure to drop by Paul’s tables for a top-notch deal on some of the best collectibles around.much

DOUG SIMMS — who also runs HEROES AND GAMES, a comic book and collectible games store located at the Greater Columbus Convention Center — will be returning as a dealer at PulpFest 2018. Doug will have long runs of all our favorite pulp heroes in the paperback format, Golden, Silver and Bronze age comics, pulp-related games, and much more.

MARK HICKMAN, an Ohio dealer, will be offering a variety of science-fiction magazines and hero pulps, as well as comic books and original artwork from the pulps, comics, digests, and paperbacks. Mark will also be selling copies of THE COLLECTED PULP ERA, a two-volume set reprinting the complete run of his father Lynn Hickman’s classic fanzine. Both volumes are very highly recommended.

JOHN W. KNOTT, JR. has been a bookseller for over 25 years. He specializes in fine first editions of popular literature, with an emphasis on science fiction, fantasy, supernatural and horror, and mystery and detective fiction. He also offers pulp magazines, ephemera — such as manuscripts and letters — as well as signed books, limited editions, award winners, and books in all areas of popular fiction. At PulpFest 2018, John will primarily be offering pulps and first editions. Please visit his website at jwkbooks.com.

Virginia’s DAVE KURZMAN returns to Mars with more of the finest pulps around. One of the leading dealers of pulps in the United States, Dave will be selling many issues of WEIRD TALES, PLANET STORIES, and other pulp magazines at this year’s convention. Dave will also be bringing a large, “fresh to market” collection of Arkham House and other specialty press ephemera. He’ll also have a collection of ultra high grade and signed Arkham House books, including all of the scarcest titles.

Of course, PulpFest 2018 is very pleased to welcome our Guest of Honor, author JOE LANSDALE, to our dealers’ room. The author of over forty novels and numerous short stories, Joe has also written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in more than two dozen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies. Mr. Lansdale will have many of his works for sale, including his recent Hap and Leonard novel, JACKRABBIT SMILE. He’s also hoping to having copies of TERROR IS OUR BUSINESS: DANA ROBERTS’ CASEBOOK OF HORROR, the newly released short story collection that Joe co-authored with his daughter, Kasey Lansdale.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2018 dealers through Friday, July 13. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(Ever since the first PulpFest in 2009, the convention has attracted new and old writers of fiction and non-fiction to its fold. Witness the annual “New Fictioneers” readings at each and every PulpFest since its beginning, and such writers as Wayne Carey, Gary Rabuzzi, Win Scott Eckert, Frank Schildiner, and Roger Alford. Goodman Games is doing much the same thing by publishing TALES FROM THE MAGICIAN’S SKULL, dedicated to presenting all-new sword-and-sorcery fiction by the finest modern crafters in the genre. The first issue also featured great cover art by Jim Pavelec.

You’ll find thousands of pulp magazines like this DIME DETECTIVE for November 1941 with cover art by Rafael DeSoto — a freelance cover paintings for all the major pulp magazine publishers. PulpFest 2018 will be offering a number of DeSoto letters — plus a cover sketch — at this summer’s auction. There are very few conventions where you can find such great collectibles. That’s why PulpFest annually draws hundreds of fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials to its annual gathering.

With war raging in Europe, Hannes Bok contributed a telling cover concerning man’s inhumanity to man to the November 1941 issue of WEIRD TALES. Not long thereafter, the United States would enter The Second World War. PulpFest 2018 will be marking the centennial of the armistice that ended World War I. Also called “The War to End All Wars” PulpFest will be honoring the 100th anniversary of “The Great War’s” end by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture. Click the programming button at the top of our home page to learn more.)

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Our PulpFest 2018 Dealers

Jul 10, 2018 by

Not only is PulpFest lauded for its excellent programming, it is also known for its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, July 26, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2018? For the next four days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

RAY WALSH of the CURIOUS BOOK SHOP has been selling a broad array of paper collectibles – pulps, paperbacks, original artwork, collectible hardcovers, vintage comic books, and more — for nearly fifty years. Out of East Lansing, Michigan, Ray has been selling at PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for decades. We appreciate his strong support and heartily recommend the convention he sponsors — Classicon — held twice each year in Lansing, Michigan. In addition to his regular stock, Ray will have a great collection of Golden and Silver Age comic books  at this year’s PulpFest. He’ll have CAPTAIN MARVEL, CAPTAIN MARVEL, JR., and DC hero titles, plus Disney books, funny animal comics, and a number of unusual titles.

Working in the antiquarian book trade since the late fifties, LLOYD CURREY is one of the leading specialists in popular fiction from the earliest times to the present. A member of the Antiquarian Booksellers of America, Inc., Lloyd operates a full-time, mail order antiquarian bookstore based in New York’s Adirondack Mountains. As L. W. CURREY, INC, he specializes in literary first editions, with an emphasis on popular fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, supernatural and horror, utopian literature, and mystery and detective fiction. At PulpFest 2018, Lloyd will be offering pulps and first editions.

A new and used book store that also sells pulps and comic books, DARK STAR BOOKS is located about an hour from Columbus, in picturesque Yellow Springs, Ohio. A longtime PulpFest dealer, GARY DIEDRIECH will be representing Dark Star at our 2018 convention. He will be offering a wide range of material including pulps, digests, Big Little Books, Golden and Silver Age comic books, and collectible hardcovers and paperbacks.

DEARLY DEPARTED BOOKS of Alliance, Ohio is a brick & mortar shop open by chance or appointment. It primarily sells via the Internet. Established in 1978 by SCOTT and LINDA EDWARDS, this loyal PulpFest dealer offers a large stock of mystery, science fiction, horror, fantasy, vintage paperbacks, first editions, pulp magazines, and related ephemera. This year, they’ll be selling pulps, paperbacks, hardbound first editions, Big Little Books, and a selection of the late Gordon Huber’s collection of Chelsea House books in dust jackets. Dearly Departed Books will also have for sale a notebook that contains fourteen cover proofs and 160 slides — all by Ralph DeSoto with a letter of authentication — that once belonged to Fred Cook.

BOB DEIS and WYATT DOYLE are the editors and publishers of THE MEN’S ADVENTURE LIBRARY book series. It collects classic stories and artwork from men’s adventure magazines magazines published in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. They’ll be selling copies of their books, published by New Texture. For more information, please visit Bob’s Men’s Adventure Magazines blog at MensPulpMags.com and New Texture’s website, NewTexture.com. Bob and Wyatt will also be discussing The Men’s Adventure Magazines and the Art of War on Friday evening at PulpFest 2018.

Founded in 1977 and located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this will be DREAMHAVENBOOKS fourth PulpFestGREG KETTER specializes in new and used science fiction, fantasy, and horror, as well as books, magazines, posters, toys, and other materials related to the film industry. Greg has been selling books and pulps for over forty years. We look forward to having Dreamhaven return to our dealers’ room.

Find author WIN SCOTT ECKERT at the Meteor House table. He’ll be selling the Pat Wildman novel, THE EVIL IN PEMBERLEY HOUSE (cowritten with Philip José Farmer). Win will also have various other books featuring his tales of popular characters such as Zorro, The Avenger, The Phantom, The Lone Ranger, The Green Hornet, Honey West, T.H.E. Cat, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hareton Ironcastle, Captain Midnight, The Green Ghost, Sexton Blake, The Domino Lady, Doc Ardan, and Sherlock HolmesFind him online at winscotteckert.com or on Twitter @woldnewton.

DOUG & DEB ELLIS, two of the founders of the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, will be offering a wide selection of general fiction, science-fiction, Burroughs, and other pulps as well as original art and other collectibles at this year’s PulpFest. They’ll also have copies of THE ART OF THE PULPS, a book that Doug edited with Ed Hulse and the late Robert Weinberg. It was published in 2017 by IDW.

Please welcome FARMERFAN — the all-new fanzine of the next generation of Wold Newtonians — to this year’s PulpFest and FarmerCon 100JASON SCOTT AIKENSEAN LEE LEVIN, and WILLIAM H. EMMONS will have copies of their inaugural fanzine celebrating the centennial of Science Fiction Grandmaster Philip José Farmer’s birth.  They’ll also be selling Doc Savage and other vintage paperbacks to support a literacy program in Emmons’ native Kentucky.

ROBIN and BRENDAN FAULKNER have been in the popular culture business for over twenty-five years. Located in Danbury, Connecticut, R & B ENTERPRISES will be selling a wide selection of pulps, vintage magazines, movie and television classics, paperbacks, digests, and related material at this year’s PulpFest. Please visit their website to learn more about what they have to offer.

JIM BEARD & JOHN BRUENING of FLINCH BOOKSpublishers of “in-your-face pulp-style adventure fiction,” will be on hand with their newest prose anthology, QUEST FOR THE SPACE GODS: THE CHRONICLES OF CONRAD VON HONIG, as well as copies of their previous anthologies: RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR, BIG TOP TALES: SIX NEW STORIES OF CIRCUS ADVENTURE, RESTLESS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF MUMMY HORROR and SOMETHING STRANGE IS GOING ON: NEW TALES FROM THE FLETCHER HANKS UNIVERSE. They’ll also have copies of John’s 2016 debut novel, THE MIDNIGHT GUARDIAN: HOUR OF DARKNESS to sell. Jim – who also provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website – will also be offering a wide selection of his own fiction work, including publications from Airship 27, Pro Se Productions, and self-published tomes. Be sure to attend the special spotlight Flinch Books panel on Saturday to hear John and Jim talk about their adventures in self-publishing, their creation of all things Flinch, and their great love for Pulp in general.

Stop by and visit with BOB FLOWERS of central Illinois. His son, JAMES FLOWERS, will be along to help. This good-natured collector and dealer usually has a little bit of everything. He sells pulps, paperbacks, fanzines, and other material related to the pulps. His offerings come from a wide range of genres – hero, detective, adventure, science fiction, and western — all reasonably priced. Shop with Bob and James for good, honest deals. We think you’ll be extremely happy.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2018 dealers through Friday, July 13. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(Ray Walsh premiered a great collection of Golden and Silver Age comic books at this year’s Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention. “People were fighting over them,” he told us. Pictured here is a copy of the Perry Como issue of SUPERMAN. It’s #67, dated November-December 1950, with cover art by Al Plastino, just one of many collectibles available through Ray’s Curious Book Shop. Follow them on Facebook.

You might find the March 1952 issue of PLANET STORIES, featuring one dangerous-looking dame painted by Allen Anderson, in the PulpFest dealers’ room. Lloyd Currey, Dark Star Books, DreamHaven Books, and other sellers are noted for the science fiction collectibles that they offer. Come to Cranberry DoubleTree outside of Pittsburgh from July 26 – 29 and find out for yourself.

Ever since the first PulpFest in 2009, the convention has attracted new and old writers of fiction and non-fiction to its fold. Witness the annual “New Fictioneers” readings at each and every PulpFest since its beginning, and such writers as John Bruening, Christopher Paul Carey, Peter McGarvey, Sara Light-Waller, and Jim Beard. The latter is also co-editor — with John C. Bruening — of QUEST FOR THE SPACE GODS: THE CHRONICLES OF CONRAD VON HONIG, published by Flinch Books, with cover art by Mark Maddox and cover design and logo by Maggie Ryel.)

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Our PulpFest 2018 Dealers

Jul 9, 2018 by

Not only is PulpFest lauded for its excellent programming, it is also known for its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, July 26, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more.

Who are we expecting at PulpFest 2018? For the next five days, we’ll be profiling our dealers, telling you a little bit about each of them to help you know them . . .

Ligonier resident RON ADAMS can be considered one of true believers when it comes to the classic horror films of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. In 1997, he threw the first Monster Bash in the Pittsburgh area. Ron also has his own retail venture called CREEPY CLASSICS. He will be offering rare horrors and “Creepy Classics” on Blu-Ray, DVD and VHS, plus monster magazines, books, tee shirts, posters, collectibles, and information on Monster Bash.

JOHN GUNNISON of ADVENTURE HOUSE will be offering his usual extensive stock of pulp magazines as well as HIGH ADVENTUREG-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES, and the many pulp replicas and collections he has published under the Adventure House banner. John will be our lead auctioneer during this year’s auctions, taking place on July 27 and 28. To learn more about John and Adventure House, please visit www.adventurehouse.com/.

Since 2007, AGE OF ACES BOOKS has been offering high-quality, affordably-priced reprints of classic pulp aviation stories. They have scoured hundreds of issues of titles like DARE-DEVIL ACESBATTLE BIRDSFLYING ACES, and SKY FIGHTERS to present to a modern audience the most thrilling air stories featuring the most unforgettable forgotten heroes — Captain Philip Strange, Smoke Wade, The Red Falcon, The Jailbird Flight, and others! Crack open one of their many volumes and journey back to an AGE OF ACES! You can learn more by visiting their website at ageofaces.net.

JIM & WALTER ALBERT are brothers from Arkansas and Pennsylvania respectively. They’ve been collecting for years and selling at PulpFest since the very beginning. Stop by their tables for an excellent selection of pulps, paperbacks, hardcovers, fanzines, and much more. You’re bound to find excellent values on some terrific items from Jim and Walter. You probably won’t leave empty handed.

Chicago’s MARK ALVARADO, a longtime collector of books and pulp magazines, will once again be exhibiting at PulpFest. He’s hoping to dig out something super exciting to bring along to the con. If he finds something, you’ll be the first to know. Please stay tuned and welcome Mark back to “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!”

A decades long attendee, but seldom a dealer at PulpFest and Pulpcon, DAVID ARONOVITZ  looks forward to exhibiting some of his stock at this summer’s convention. His Fine Books Company — which began selling rare and collectible items in 1979 — is located everywhere a computer can be accessed. A 31-year member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, David has travelled to and purchased and sold books on every continent (save Antarctica). Although he has been biased toward all genres of fiction in first edition, he has also branched into many areas of non-fiction published over the last 500 years. His inventory contains over 40,000 items, including books, periodicals, art, letters and manuscripts. David issues occasional virtual catalogues, quickly replies to all inquiries, does appraisals upon request, and has somehow managed to publish nineteen books along the way. A “Heritage” member of AbeBooks, The Fine Books Company’s specialty is service.

BATTERED SILICON DISPATCH BOX is a specialty publisher based in Ontario, Canada with GEORGE VANDERBURGH at the tiller. George has released over 600 books, including a wide variety of detective fiction and Sherlock Holmes scholarship, as well as his LOST TREASURES OF THE PULPS series that reprints many highly regarded pulp classics. You can learn more about George and his dispatch box by visiting batteredbox.com/.

Author CHRISTOPHER PAUL CAREY will be selling right next to his friends from Meteor House. Christopher will have copies of his recent book, SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN — from which he will be reading on Friday afternoon — an authorized sequel to Edgar Rice Burroughs’ THE MOON MAIDHe will also have copies of his new collection, THE GRANDEST ADVENTURE: WRITINGS ON PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER, to commemorate the Farmer centennial. Christopher is the coauthor with Philip José Farmer of THE SONG OF KWASIN, and the author of EXILES OF KHO; HADON, KING OF OPAR; and BLOOD OF ANCIENT OPAR, all works set in Farmer’s Khokarsa series. For more about Christopher and his books, please visit cpcarey.com.

The Fayatteville Comic Con has called GENE CARPENTER a legendary comic book dealer. As ALL AMERICAN COMICS AND COLLECTIBLES, Gene has been setting up at comic book conventions for over forty years and is one of the nicest guys around. He has no website or facebook page, but does have an incredible selection of golden age and silver age comics, high-grade pulp magazines, paperbacks, and Big Little Books. Gene comes to us from Maryland.

A dealer since 1976, NICK CERTO always manages to unearth lots of rare and desirable items. A resident of Newburgh, New York, he brings choice selections of pulps and related items — including original artwork — to the conventions where he exhibits. Be sure to stop by his table. In the meantime, please visit the Nicholas J. Certo website at our PulpFest sponsor, AbeBooks.com.

Our 2010 Munsey Award winner, MIKE CHOMKO, will be representing Altus Press, Stark House Press, and other small publishers at PulpFest 2018. He’ll be premiering various titles from these publishers and have a selection of other materials, including our guest of honor‘s MIRACLES AIN’T WHAT THEY USED TO BE. Mike will also have tremendous bargains on westerns and Science Fiction Book Club editions from the Woody Hagadish collection. Watch for his cool sale signs and visit the Mike Chomko Books website to download a copy of his latest catalog.

Not only is he the boss of PulpFest, Chairman JACK CULLERS is the person to see if you’re looking for pulps and out-of-print paperbacks, collectible fanzines, pulp reprints or hardbound fiction and non-fiction. Find your way to Jack’s table and you’ll be treated to a wide variety of such material at very reasonable prices. You may just come across something you’ve been questing after for years.

If you are a dealer or collector who would like to sell at PulpFest, please click the “Register” button just below the banner at the top of our home page. You can also email convention chairperson Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com for further information about selling at the convention.

If you still need to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City,” please call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any convention special deals that may still be available.

We’ll be profiling more of our PulpFest 2018 dealers through Friday, July 13. Please visit the site tomorrow.

(Designed by PulpFest’s advertising director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2018 post card features the work of freelance artist Mel Hunter. His painting was originally used as the cover to the May 1960 number of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. Philip José Farmer’s “Open to Me, My Sister” was featured on the issue’s cover. PulpFest 2018 has used Hunter’s cover art to promote our convention at book stores, comic shops, and other conventions and fairs.

Chris Kalb — one of our 2018 Munsey Award nominees — designed the cover for THE DEVIL FLIES HIGH, published in 2018 by Age of Aces Books. It collects the last five adventures of Donald E. Keyhoe’s Jailbird Flight series, originally published in BATTLE BIRDS and DARE-DEVIL ACES. Chris will be part of our “Fighting Ace of War Skies: The Pulps Take Flight” panel on Friday evening, July 27.

One of many air war pulps that debuted during the 1930s, BATTLE BIRDS was converted to a character pulp beginning with its July 1934 number. DUSTY AYRES AND HIS BATTLE BIRDS would run for twelve issues, relating the futuristic adventures of Dusty and his pals as they work to defeat the Black Invaders, led by an Asian warlord bent on world conquest. The stories were written by Robert Sidney Bowen. The series is being reprinted in sequential order by Altus Press.)

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